By chance we met with the garden designer Jane Bailey, of Jane Bailey Garden Design, at the Suffolk Plant Heritage Plant Fair in May 2016. We discussed suitable fuchsias for the garden she was designing for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where the majority of plants had to have an edible element to them and could be grown in most parts of the UK. Fuchsia magellanica ‘Riccartonii’ and F. splendens were already on her planting list.
Discussions followed after the Plant Fair and we agreed to supply some additional Fuchsias for the show garden being, Fuchsia procumbens, Fuchsia magellanica ‘Thompsonii’ and Fuchsia ‘Charming‘ the latter being an introduction by James Lye.
The Witan Global Growth Garden was designed in a spiral to evoke the sense of tranquillity to take you on a stunning journey of colour, scent and texture. The majority of plants have an edible element to them, and can be grown in most parts of the UK. There was a stunning ‘Leaf Sphere’ sculpture in the middle of the garden.
It was lovely working with Jane over the coming weeks and delivering the plants to her and the rest of the build team at the Showground. We visited the garden throughout the week to see the plants flourish in their temporary home.
In the build-up to RHS Hampton we were contacted by BBC Researchers, who wanted to film our exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as we were first time exhibitors. On the Wednesday before Press Day we were contacted to be informed that we were going to be filmed on Press Day and that the interview would be with Rachel de Thame, who co-presents the BBC’s annual coverage of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society output on BBC Two.
When we arrived at the Showground on Monday morning, keen not to interrupt the Judges, I met the Film crew and Rachel who talked me through that was going to happen and what aspects of the exhibit they wanted to film. The main theme was to highlight first time exhibitors at the Show, Rachel was keen to talk about the historical context of our National Plant Collection and the fact that parts of fuchsias are edible.
We spent about 50 minutes filming and the crew took various shots of plants and information that they would also use.
The piece, which lasts about 1 minute appeared on episode 2 which was aired on Thursday 7 Jul 2016 at 21:00.
We would like to thank Rachel De Thame and the BBC Film crew. It was an enjoyable experience and we hope we get an opportunity to do it again in the future.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – We are pleased to announce that the Collection will be exhibiting for the first time in the Floral Marquee at the Royal Horticultural Society’s, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 – 10 July 2016, as part of the Plant Heritage displays highlighting the diverse range of National Plant Collections.
[The full press release is available here] (19 December 2015)